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Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program

Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHPP)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • External
  • -
  • 6-8 months full-time or 12-18 months part-time
  • Feb, Jul
Note: This program has a compulsory on-campus residential school component.


  • If you do not have the right school qualifications or it has been some time since you studied, USQ’s Indigenous Higher Education Pathways Program (IHEPP) is the perfect way to start studying at university. 
  • This pathway program has been developed to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people the academic skills needed for university study.
  • You will study 3 or 6 courses (subjects), all with an Indigenous focus, to develop your writing, maths, general study and computing skills.
  • IHEPP is free and you can apply for a number of Australian Government scholarships to help you with the costs of study and relocation expenses if you need to move. You may also be eligible for Abstudy once enrolled.
  • Our College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research (CISER) will provide you with support at every step. While studying in the IHEPP you are provided with academic, cultural and social support from our staff and fellow students. There is free access to printers and computers when you need them in our computer lab.

Further study

After completing the IHEPP you can apply to study a USQ degree or a degree at another university.

Career outcomes

  • As part of this program you'll enhance your core academic skills to think critically and write academically, providing you with everything you need to succeed at university, and the confidence to follow your dream career.
  • As a stepping stone to further university study, successfully complete IHPP and be ready to apply for a range of USQ undergraduate degrees, with endless career opportunities.

Entry requirements

  • Identify as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
  • Reached an age of at least 18 years in the year of the proposed enrolment.
  • Applicants are required to complete a placement questionnaire.

To assist us in determining your level of reading, writing and understanding of mathematics, you will need to attend an Entrance Assessment Session. To find out more, contact us:

Degree structure

To complete this program students must complete 3 units (courses). Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit.

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 3
Total 3

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Residential schools

Enrolment in IHEPP requires you to attend a Residential School to complete the course requirements. It is highly recommended that you attend the Residential School. Financial support may also be available for ABSTUDY recipients to assist with travel expenses.

Following the Residential School, the remainder of the program is completed online.

You will attend class sessions every day during Residential School. All sessions are compulsory and are designed to assist you with your study and assessments during the Semester.

Residential School dates

  • Semester 1 - 22 February - 5 March 2021 and 3 - 7 May 2021.
  • Semester 2 - 12 - 23 July and 6 - 10 September 2021.


All domestic students are offered a fee-free place1 in this program provided they meet the residency requirements and are Australian citizens.

Regional students attending the on-campus Residential school component includes travel, accommodation and meals. 

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Friday 5 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 19 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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